Last season: 11-3-1, unranked
Postseason: Class 4A-3A East regional quarterfinalist
Outlook: The Panthers suffered all three losses last season to South River and Broadneck (twice), but they beat eventual state champion Severna Park. This year, with nine starters back and several key transfers, they could give all three trouble.
Coach: Becky Clipp
Last season: 17-2, No. 12
Postseason: Class 4A-3A state semifinalist
Outlook: The Comets return 10 starters from the team that fell to Severna Park, 15-10, in last year's state semifinal. With a solid all-around squad, they always have a big edge in possession with Deb Milani, who won 121 draws last season.
15. St. Paul's
Coach: Brooke Kuhl-McClelland
Last season: 8-9, No. 13
Postseason: IAAM A Conference quarterfinalist
Outlook: The Gators return just half of their starters to a young team that includes four freshmen. Still, they have a lot of talent. The veterans and youngsters seem to mesh well, and they already have more chemistry than a year ago.
Others considered: Archbishop Spalding (7-13, unranked), Fallston (15-4-1, unranked), Hereford (13-4, unranked), John Carroll (7-10, unranked), Mount de Sales (9-8, unranked), North Harford (12-5, unranked), Roland Park (10-8, No. 11).